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More Bitter Than Death


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Camilla Grebe is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics. She was a cofounder of Storyside, a Swedish audiobook publisher, where she was both CEO and publisher during the early 2000s. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Asa Traff is a psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. She runs a private practice with her husband. She lives in AElvsjoe, Sweden.


"Swedish authors excel at novels of dark suspense, and sisters Grebe and Traff (Some Kind of Peace, 2012) top off this fine psychological thriller with a final, chilling twist."-- "Booklist"

One rainy day in a suburb of Stockholm, five-year-old Tilde is coloring under the kitchen table when a man breaks into her house and savagely kicks and beats her mother to death in front of her. Around that same time, psychologist Siri Bergman is persuaded to guide a self-help group for female victims of domestic abuse. Each tragic story told in the therapy group hits home for Siri, a victim of stalking (as depicted in the first book of the series, Some Kind of Peace). As the women begin to connect, their violent pasts further haunt them and continue to affect their lives in surprising ways. Siri also finds herself pregnant by her boyfriend and must make difficult decisions about their future together. The authors' sophomore effort is at its best when various plots, including seemingly random psychological reports about a disturbed little boy, converge to move toward an unexpected conclusion. VERDICT A bleak, violent murder mystery focused on domestic abuse, psychology, and relationships, this is often difficult to read, but at the same time its detailed psychological analyses are intriguing. For fans of the first book and die-hard Scandinavian crime -thriller aficionados.-Katie Lawrence, Chicago (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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